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Contributing to a Circular EconomyCanon’s Resource Circulation

Canon has established five recycling sites in four regions around the world.

Canon’s Approach to Achieve a Circular Economy

To ensure more efficient use of limited resources and reduce waste, Canon is making products smaller and lighter, and reusing and recycling materials as much as possible. We also strive to reduce water consumption and the generation of waste from manufacturing at our operational sites.

Canon pursues product-to-product recycling—in other words, recycling used products into new ones. In particular, we have emphasized such initiatives as closed-loop recycling of toner cartridges and the remanufacturing of office multifunction devices—collecting them post-use and making them into essentially new products.

Flow of Canon's Resource Circulation

Flow of Canon's Resource Circulation

Product-to-Product Recycling Amounts (2013-2017 Cumulative Total)

Product-to-Product Recycling Amounts (2013-2017 Cumulative Total)

In the last five years, Canon has taken 19,658 tons of plastics from used products for recycling as raw materials, and another 14,353 tons of products and parts were reused directly.

Five Recycling Sites in Four Regions around the World

Five Recycling Sites in Four Regions around the World

Canon has established five recycling sites in four regions around the world, including Japan. This promotes a recycling process of consumed products in which each region where collected toner cartridges are recycled.

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Recycling-Conscious Design

There is an emerging global trend toward the recycling and reusing of resources due to concerns about natural resource depletion. Canon gives careful consideration to collection and recycling of end-of-life products from the design and development stage, through the use of Lifecycle Assessments (LCA) and the Product Assessment System. Specifically, to assist these efforts in the design stage we formulated the Environmentally Conscious Design Guidance, which covers an array of considerations, including product-related environmental laws and regulations, Green Public Procurement standards, and environmental label standards in the countries where we sell our products.

The Environmentally Conscious Design Guidance contains design guidelines relating to such matters as reduced use of materials by making products lighter, smaller, longer-lived, and easier to maintain, ease of disassembly, ease of sorting materials following disassembly, and information disclosure.

Making Products Smaller and Lighter

Canon strives to make its products smaller and lighter to help reduce the consumption of resources in the form of raw materials.

For example, the new TS8100 series inkjet printer in the PIXMA series is about 44% smaller than the older MG6200 series model. Similarly, our TR8500 series business inkjet printer is about 35% smaller than the older MX920 series model.

With Canon’s imagePROGRAF PRO series of large-format inkjet printers, the latest model PRO-6000S is 30cm narrower than the iPF9400S model from 2012. The reduction in footprint of roughly 13% means that this 60-inch-size model occupies the same space as our large-format printer for B0-size printing, which is a size smaller.

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Canon’s Environmentally Friendly Products

We introduce our environmentally friendly products and technologies, including making products smaller and lighter.